Seattle’s Edgewater Hotel has a reputation for being a rock n’ roller respite, with storied stays by such notables as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, Kurt Cobain and Stevie Wonder. From fishing out of their room windows, to tossing televisions out of those same windows into the Puget Sound, to playing soccer in the spacious lobby, famous musicians have been performing some infamous antics at The Edgewater almost since its opening in 1962 (not quite in time for the Seattle World’s Fair).
But while management doesn’t like to divulge the details of their famous guests’ debaucherous stays, the luxe lodgings do put their rich musical history on display in one of the best ways… themed suites!
Travelers to Seattle flock to The Edgewater, the Emerald City’s only overwater hotel, for so many reasons. Some are looking for location — and it offers that in waves to be sure — boasting an address close to most of the city’s premier attractions, paired with the unmatched luxury of room views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. But for those who have followed the hotel’s musical history, a reservation in one of The Edgewater’s concept quarters is the ultimate fan experience.
It all started with the Beatles Suite, the very same one that the British quartet stayed in during their first U.S. tour in 1964. Recently revamped with a new pop art style, acquired memorabilia, turntables and records, this remains the most popular suite at the hotel, often booked seasons in advance.
But now The Edgewater has a tribute to a legendary Seattle-based band — Pearl Jam — that is giving its Beatles Suite some competition, and kicking off the hotel’s dedication of new themed suites in the coming years.
Designed by local firm Mallet Architecture & Design, the Pearl Jam suite features a Mother Love Bone mural — painted by Pearl Jam’s drummer — above the custom bed along with priceless historic posters, vintage rugs, guitar-pedal activated floor lamps, a turntable with vinyl recordings, wall graphics of Pearl Jam fans, a curated library of books, set lists from shows, and even a guitar and amp for guests to use during their stay.
As far as we know, The Edgewater’s Pearl Jam suite is the only place to stay like a rock star in luxurious industrial “grunge,” surrounded by Pearl Jam perfection, while visiting the city this American band calls home. So ‘Just Breathe’ in Pearl Jam fandom, and enjoy your own Edgewater antics, with theme suite prices generally over $800 per night.
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